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PUTRAJAYA – People from all walks of life today attended the Aidilfitri open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cabinet ministers at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister’s official residence, here.
The guests started gathering as early as 9 am at the entrance to Seri Perdana. The open house is from 10 am to 4 pm.
Buggies transported senior citizens and disabled people to the tents where food and drinks were served.
The police conducted body checks and inspected the bags of the visitors.
The well-wishers were greeted by Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and the ministers, among them Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
The heat of the sun did not melt the excitement of the people who waited patiently in queue to exchange Aidilfitri greetings with the hosts.
Najib, clad in a red-orange ‘Baju Melayu’, and Rosmah as well as the Cabinet ministers arrived at noon and began greeting the guests, among them leaders of political parties, foreign diplomats, NGO representatives and corporate leaders.
The Seri Perdana grounds were transformed into a sea of people who took the opportunity to exchange greetings and take photographs with Najib, who appeared resplendent in his Baju Melayu.
The well-wishers were served a variety of food, mostly local delicacies such as satay, rendang, lemang, ketupat and nasi himpit, and handed goodies packs while children were given ‘duit raya’ (money packets).
A free shuttle bus service was provided to pick up and drop off people at three locations, namely Putrajaya Sentral, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque and Putra Mosque, at 15-minute intervals.
PUTRAJAYA – The people have a greater role than the security forces in maintaining peace and security in the country, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said that it was for this reason that he wanted the people to not get easily influenced by militant and extremist ideologies.
Falling prey to these ideologies could undermine not only national security but also national prosperity, he said in a special interview today with Radio Television Malaysia at the Aidilfitri open house of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers at Seri Perdana.
Najib said maintaining security should not be left only to the security forces personnel who kept threats at bay in the border areas.
Today, we find that peace and security are well maintained. Otherwise, we will not be able to celebrate Aidilftri so freely. I want to state that the people themselves are key to security.
If the people are not influenced by militant and extremist ideologies, we can celebrate festivals without any fear or worry. This is what we must safeguard forever, he said.
We feel secure, for example, with the good security control at today event. It shows that peace in the country is guaranteed without any undesirable incidents, he added.
Replying to a question, the Prime Minister said unity was an essential foundation to ensuring political integrity and stability which gave confidence to everyone.
If the country is peaceful and stable due to our being united and having respect for one another, I believe Malaysia will continue to progress and be more successful, he said.
Asked about the response to the open house, Najib said it was extraordinary and summed it up as many people from all walks of life.
I feel that this open house has been most meaningful for the people and for me as the prime minister because today I was able to open the doors of Seri Perdana to various races. This is a complete celebration that has brought forth spontaneous joy.
I was informed that the people queued all the way to the main road. I am touched that the people came from near and far because they wanted to ensure that ties between the people and leaders remained strong, and they were willing to wait for hours to exchange greetings, he said.
Najib said he hoped that the spirit of unity and goodwill and love for Malaysia would be maintained at all times because these were a source of strength in taking Malaysia forward.
Meanwhile, Najib wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor praised the security forces at the border areas for their sacrifice because they had to be away from their families on Aidilfitri.
She advised the people not to quarrel among themselves but to forgive one another so as to strengthen relations among relatives and friends.
Let’s together pray for the peace and security of the nation, she said.
KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today expressed the hope that Muslims in general and especially those in Malaysia will take the opportunity of Aidilfitri to forgive one another and foster peace and unity as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad.
The Prime Minister said that if the Muslims were negligent and chose to practise politics of hate, it would be no surprise that relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia would also worsen.
“Victory for Muslims begins only when they forgive each other for the sake of unity, and it is also encouraged that the spirit of forgiveness be practised among all humans, irrespective of their beliefs and ideologies,” he said in a post on his blog, NajibRazak.com.
Reflecting on the current situation of Muslims, with conflicts occurring all around the world, Najib pointed out that it was very difficult to state that they were winning.
“This situation is exacerbated by the perception of some outsiders who regard Islam as the source of hatred and violence despite the fact that the 1,400-year-old religion has always advocated peace and unity as the best solution to conflict resolution,” he said.
Najib said that only those with big hearts could forgive, and Muslims, who were big-hearted, should choose the path of understanding and not one of contradiction for the sake of self-benefit.
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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today inaugurated a special court to handle sexual crimes against children, the first such court in Southeast Asia.
The existence of the court would help expedite cases related to sexual crimes against children, he said at the inauguration at the Palace of Justice here.
He said the court would focus on cases such as pornography, child grooming and child sexual assault in accordance with the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which would be enforced soon, and the first case was expected to be heard by the court on July 4.
Najib suggested that special Standard Operating Procedures be drawn up soon to handle cases of sexual offences against children.
“The special guidelines to be developed should meet the needs and requirements of child witnesses and be in accordance with the best practices in other countries,” he said. – Bernama
PEKAN – The slogan “Jom Bantu Rakyat” (Let’s Help the People) introduced by the Barisan Nasional (BN) is in line with the government’s efforts to help the people regardless of time and situation, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the slogan was proof of the government’s commitment to look out for the people, especially in times of difficulty.
“No one else other than the BN government and UMNO have the right to use the slogan. I do not need to explain where it (the help) is coming from. The sources are varied.
“There is the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), 1Malaysia Clinic, help to repair homes, help for schooling, university education and many other types of assistance that have been given.
“This is because we make the people our priority as we are the leaders they have chosen. So we have to work really hard,” he said after performing the Isya’ Tarawih and Witir prayers with the people of Kampung Serambi here tonight.
Also present were Pahang State Assembly Speaker Datuk Ishak Muhamad, Pahang Felda Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Harun and UMNO Welfare Bureau chairman, Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nassarah.
Meanwhile, Najib, who is also Pekan Member of Parliament, jokingly said that he hoped that the project to install street lights under Jalan Kampung Phase 8 (LJK8) in Pahang which includes Kampung Serambi, ‘would light the village to the general election’.
“I hope that with the light of these lamps, Kampung Serambi which was dark before will now be lighted up and continue to be lighted up until Hari Raya and up to the general election,” he said.
The LKJ8 project undertaken by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) involves the installation of 7,770 street lights in the state at a cost of RM6.62 million.
Meanwhile, in the Bebar state constituency under the Pekan parliamentary seat, 28 villages are set to enjoy the facility which involves installing 242 street lamps, which began on June 11.
At the event, Najib also presented donations from TNB, Roadcare and the Pekan Religious Bureau to 171 recipients comprising senior citizens, the handicapped, converts and orphans.
Najib also approved a request by the villagers to build a new mosque to replace the old As-Sakinah Mosque in the village and to increase its allocation in the budget next year.
KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today gave the assurance that all recommendations made in the 2018 Budget Consultation Council will be scrutinised and given due consideration.
He said the council, which is an important platform for the public, private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to give their views and feedback on the challenges and current issues as well as measures to address them proves the openness and concern of the government in putting the people’s interest up front.
The prime minister also described the presentations given by representatives from the World Bank, Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad, Deloitte Southeast Asia, Universiti Malaya and Catcha Group and the participation of 236 representatives of institutions have contributed to a very intensive and productive discussion.
“Among them, Dr. Deepak Mishra of the World Bank has suggested that focus be given to increased productivity and a more inclusive growth, including the addition of women workers.
“The Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad, represented by Encik Nor Zahidi Alias has advocated an economic growth of five percent in 2018 and he also suggested that efforts be continued to improve income growth for urban residents to address issues of urban poor,” he said in his blog, najibrazak.com today.
KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak chaired a meeting of the UMNO Supreme Council that convened at about 3.30 pm yesterday at the party headquarters at Menara Dato’ Onn here.
Najib, who is also UMNO president, was welcomed at the party headquarters by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is an UMNO vice-president also discharging the duties of the deputy president.
Also attending the meeting were UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and UMNO treasurer Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Najib break fast at the Dewan Merdeka of the Putra World Trade Centre, along with members of the UMNO Supreme Council, UMNO veterans and leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is monitoring closely the geopolitical developments taking place in the world so that decisions and measures taken are in accordance with the country’s interests, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister referred to the Gulf crisis, the threat of North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and the United Kingdom elections that resulted in a hung parliament as some of the geopolitical uncertainties that had attracted worldwide attention.
“These are besides the threat of violent extremism that is a major challenge for us. We also realise that there is a new and more serious risk that we have to deal with, that is the geopolitical risk,” he told a media conference after chairing a meeting of the UMNO Supreme Council at Menara Dato’ Onn here today.
Earlier this week, the world was shocked by the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Maldives to break off diplomatic relations with Qatar alleging its financing of the Daesh militant group.
Najib also said that the world was experiencing positive economic growth and Malaysia also recorded an encouraging economic performance in the first quarter of this year, namely 5.6 per cent growth compared to 4.1 per cent in the corresponding period last year.
Meanwhile, on the Pujut by-election, the Prime Minister said that he would be meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg soon to determine the most suitable candidate for the Barisan Nasional (BN).
At the same time, Najib also said that preparations for the 14th General Election were running smoothly.
In other matters, he said UMNO’s membership was on the rise.
“This is a very positive development, many individuals are coming in voluntarily to UMNO offices to register as members, On average about 300 people a day, this is something that we have not seen before,” he said.
Earlier, before chairing the meeting, Najib had given away prizes to 17 winners of a lucky draw held in conjunction with UMNO’s 71st anniversary celebration at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here on May 11.
Kuala Terengganu UMNO member Saifuldhari Abu Bakar took home the grand prize, a Proton Perdana 2.4L car. -Bernama
PEKAN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Saturday announced a windfall of RM106.81 million in ‘duit raya’ via dividends for 33,864 smallholders nationwide.
Of the amount, RM38.16 million is allocated to 16,080 participants of the Cluster New Planting Scheme (RTBB), while RM68.64 million for 17.784 participants of the Commercial Replanting Scheme (TSK).
Najib said the dividend was increased by RM12.2 million compared to the RM94.5 million last year.
“As a government, we never stop looking for ways on how to safeguard the welfare of the people especially of those living in rural areas, including small holders who are given proper attention and assistance.
“This is because farmers and the rural communities are the core support of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government today,” he said when speaking at a ceremony for the presentation of dividends by the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) at the Pekan Convention Hall, here.
The event was also attended by Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, his deputy Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, and Risda chairman Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin.
Najib said the rural development agenda must be continued because the government wants the country’s development to be carried out fairly and equitably regardless of urban or rural areas, ethnicity and age.
“One of the features of development in Malaysia that does not exist in other countries is that the development of the country is carried out in a balanced and fair manner in contrast to other countries of the world, where development is mainly concentrated in the capital and cities only.
“In Malaysia, we extend development to every nook and corner of the country and to some extent it can offset the development achieved in urban areas.
“While it may not be the same as in urban areas, but at least the gap does not differ much,” he said.
According to Najib, the economy of the world and the nation were in a better condition this year as compared to last year and Malaysia in the first quarter of this year recorded an economic growth rate of 5.6 percent, which is among the highest in the world.
“Commodity prices are also showing signs of recovery, and this is happening not only because the current world economy is improving, but also due to efforts taken by the government.
“For example, during my visit to China at the end of last year, I requested that they increase palm oil imports and recently when I visited the country, the republic’s supreme leader informed that because of my request, they have increased the purchase (palm oil).
“The purchase increased by 70 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year and likewise when I went to India, I also asked them to increase palm oil imports,” he said.
He said the efforts taken, had resulted in other commodity prices also rising, including the price of rubber.
Meanwhile, at the event, Najib also presented RM10,000 to five mosques in the Pekan parliamentary constituency in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mingle with Al-Ikhwan Mosque congregation after Terawih prayers.
KUANTAN – The security forces in the country including the police and military have been asked to embrace the principle of ‘wala’ or loyalty to the leader to ensure that the peace and progress achieved by the nation are maintained.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that in Islam, such a principle has been highly emphasised so long as the leader did not instruct to do something that was against Islamic laws.
“We should be loyal to the leader, we should know that a civilisation can be destroyed if we do not adopt the principle of ‘wala’.
“For instance, the Lahad Datu intrusion four years ago in February 2013 in which there had been our own people betraying (their) own friends and leaking information on the movements of our troops to the enemy.
“As such, the enemy had waited and when our police teams went to a water village, the enemy ambushed them causing six police personnel and a special branch officer to die in a cruel manner,” he said.
He said this at a ‘moreh’ (supper) event and handing over of donations to disabled persons and Muslim converts at Dewan Serbaguna Rumah Kakitangan Angkatan Tentera (RKAT), 10th Mile Camp, here Saturday night.
Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and 4th Brigade (Mechanised) Brig Gen Datuk Md Din Abu.
Earlier, Najib and Adnan had also performed the Isyak and Terawih prayers at Surau Al-Ikhwan with a congregation of over 1,000 comprising military officers and men from the 10th Mile Camp.
The prime minister said it (the Lahad Datu case) was a sad incident as the concept of loyalty must be deeply ingrained among the members of the security forces, in addition to a high standard of discipline.
He also said the peace being enjoyed by the country did not exist by chance, instead it was due to the blood and sweat of the security forces over the years.
“Although there have not been any kind of deadly attacks like what happened in neighbouring countries, the security forces must be ready to face such threats.
“Improve strengths by increasing professionalism, concerted action and intelligence gathering…We can overcome any threat in the future if we act as such,” he said, adding that the government would continue to take care of the welfare of the security forces in the country to the best of its ability. – Bernama
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